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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Application, investigation, opposition, etc.

    1. 1. Persons entitled to make application.

    2. 2. Application.

    3. 3. Complete and provisional specifications.

    4. 4. Contents of specification.

    5. 5. Priority date of claims of complete specification.

    6. 6. Examination of application.

    7. 7. Search for anticipation by previous publication.

    8. 8. Search for anticipation by prior claim.

    9. 9. Reference in case of potential infringement.

    10. 10. Refusal of application in certain cases.

    11. 11. Supplementary provisions as to searches, etc.

    12. 12. Time for putting application in order for acceptance.

    13. 13. Acceptance and publication of complete specification.

    14. 14.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    15. 15. Refusal of patent without opposition.

    16. 16. Mention of inventor as such in patent.

    17. 17. Substitution of applicants, etc.

    18. 18.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  3. Grant, effect and term of patent

    1. 19. Grant and sealing of patent.

    2. 20. Amendment of patent granted to deceased applicant.

    3. 21. Extent, effect and form of patent.

    4. 22. Date and term of patent.

    5. 23. Extension on ground of inadequate remuneration.

    6. 24. Extension on ground of war loss.

    7. 25. Extension on ground of war loss of licensee.

    8. 26. Patents of addition.

  4. Restoration of lapsed patents and patent applications

    1. 27.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 28. Restoration of lapsed applications for patents.

  5. Amendment of specifications

    1. 29. Amendment of specification with leave of comptroller.

    2. 30. Amendment of specification with leave of the court.

    3. 31. Supplementary provisions as to amendment of specification.

  6. Revocation and surrender of patents

    1. 32. Revocation of patent by court.

    2. 33. Revocation of patent by comptroller.

    3. 34.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  7. Voluntary endorsement of patent

    1. 35—41.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 42.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 43—45.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  8. Use of patented inventions for services of the Crown

    1. 46. Use of patented inventions for services of the Crown.

    2. 47. Rights of third parties in respect of Crown use.

    3. 48. Reference of disputes as to Crown use.

    4. 49. Special provisions as to Crown use during emergency.

  9. Anticipation, etc.

    1. 50. Previous publication.

    2. 51. Previous communication, display or working.

    3. 52. Use and publication after provisional specification or foreign application.

    4. 53. Priority date in case of obtaining.

  10. Miscellaneous provisions as to rights in inventions

    1. 54.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 55. Power of comptroller to give directions to co-owners.

    3. 56. Disputes as to inventions made by employees.

    4. 57, 58.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  11. Proceedings for infringement, etc.

    1. 59. Restrictions on recovery of damages for infringement.

    2. 60. Order for account in action for infringement.

    3. 61. Counterclaim for revocation in action for infringement.

    4. 62. Relief for infringement of partially valid specification.

    5. 63. Proceedings for infringement by exclusive licensee.

    6. 64. Certificate of contested validity of specification.

    7. 65. Remedy for groundless threats of infringement proceedings.

    8. 66. Power of court to make declaration as to non-infringement.

    9. 67. Reference to comptroller of disputes as to infringement.

  12. International Agreements, etc.

    1. 68.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 69. Supplementary provisions as to convention applications.

    3. 70.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 71,72.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  13. Register of patents, etc.

    1. 73—75.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 76. Power to correct clerical errors, etc.

    3. 77—79.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 80. Loss or destruction of patent.

    5. 81—83.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  14. The Court and the Appeal Tribunal

    1. 84—86.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 87. Appeals to Court of Appeal and Court of Session.

    3. 88, 89.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  15. Offences

    1. 90, 91.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 92. Unauthorised assumption of Royal Arms.

    3. 93.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  16. Rules, etc.

    1. 94, 95.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 96. Proceedings of Board of Trade.

  17. Supplemental

    1. 97—100.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 101. Interpretation.

    3. 102. Saving for Royal prerogative, etc.

    4. 103. Application to Scotland.

    5. 104. Application to Northern Ireland.

    6. 105. Isle of Man.

    7. 106. Repeals, transitional provisions and amendment.

    8. 107. Short title and commencement.

  18. SCHEDULES

    1. FIRST SCHEDULE

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